German flag carrier Lufthansa will resume inbound passenger operations to India from 13 August 2020. The routes being reinstated are:
- Frankfurt to Delhi (Airbus A340-300)
- Munich to Delhi (Airbus A350-900)
- Frankfurt to Bangalore (Airbus A330-300)
- Frankfurt to Mumbai (Airbus A330-300)
The airline has already been operating outbound flights from the three cities to Frankfurt and Munich.
As per the latest guidelines of India updated on the IATA website the following persons are eligible to travel to India – “nationals of India, residents of India, passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet, students if one of the parents is a national of India or OCI card holder, minors if one of the parents is a national of India or OCI card holder, spouses of nationals of India, single parents of a minor who is national of India or OCI card holder, passengers returning from a neighboring country via India to their country of residence and passengers with diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations or project visas.”
However, as per Lufthansa’s press release, only Indian citizens will be allowed to travel on the above flights, so non-Indian citizens are advised to check with the airline before booking tickets on these flights.
Lufthansa has made changes to its operations during the pandemic, however the airline has largely retained its entire pre-pandemic product.
The airline is also offering PCR testing certified by German health at Frankfurt and Munich airport that will allow passengers to avoid quarantine in Germany or produce a negative test certificate for countires which require a negative test report.